Richard Spencer "Dick" Hanft

Feb 22, 2019
Hanft, Richardcrop


10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at St. Paul Lutheran Church (2812 Willow Lane, Cedar Falls, IA 50613)


4:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2019 at Kearns Funeral Service, Kimball Chapel


Garden of Memories Cemetery


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family; a memorial fund will be established 


Richard Spencer “Dick” Hanft, 76, of Cedar Falls, died Friday, February 22, 2019 at Ropers St. Francis Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina of natural causes.

Dick was born October 10, 1942 in Washington, Iowa, the son of Lloyd and Irma (Spencer) Hanft.

Dick graduated from Decorah High School in 1960. He then graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts in business marketing. 

He married Marlene K. Limbrecht on October 2, 1982 in Denver, Iowa. 

Dick was a supervisor at John Deere Co. for many years until his retirement in 2001.  
He was a member at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls where he served as board president and head of the maintenance committee. 

Dick was affectionately known as “Clark” by his wife and sons for his driving habits, based on the National Lampoon’s Vacation character Clark Griswold. Always quick to laugh and introduce himself no matter the situation, Dick brought his unique humor and joy to his family, friends and any strangers he happened to meet along the way.

In his spare time, Dick enjoyed spending time walking his dogs, listening to blues and jazz records and walking the beach hunting for unique shells and shark’s teeth with his wife on their home-away-from-home Edisto Island. He loved taking his dogs to local hospitals and retirement homes for visits in his spare time.

Dick is survived by his wife, Marlene Hanft of Cedar Falls; four sons, Brian (Trendy) Hanft of Nora Springs, Eric (Suzi) Hanft of Mount Gilead, OH, Jason (Laurin) Hanft of Columbia, MO, and Tyler Hanft of Des Moines; six grandchildren, Mason, Kiley, Emily, Katie, Ayden, and Savara; and a brother, Roger Hanft of Gilbert, AZ. 

Dick is preceded in death by his parents.

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  1. ERNIE WENGER | May 17, 2019
  2. Gerri Perreault | Mar 05, 2019

    Gerri Perreault March 5, 2019

    Just read Courier and learned about your loss.  So sorry.  You and Dick were such great partners.

    (I tried to contact you via 3 emails and 2 phone numbers but none worked.)

  3. Fred and Sherry Jursik | Mar 01, 2019
    Our deepest symphony to Marlene and the entire Hanft family.  We enjoyed seeing Dick walking the dogs or working outside, he always waved or took time for a quick hello and friendly conversation.  He was a good neighbor, and we are very saddened by his passing.
  4. Harlan Ackerson | Feb 28, 2019
    So sorry to hear of Dick's passing. Sincere condolences to Marlene and the Hanft family. Dick was a good person and a joy to be around. 
  5. Harlan Ackerson | Feb 28, 2019
    Sincere condolences to Marlene and the Hanft family. So sorry to hear of Dick's passing. He was such a good person and a joy to be around. 
  6. Stan and Ellen Slessor | Feb 28, 2019

    Marlene and Tyler,

    Stan and i are so sorry for your loss. We enjoyed gettingto know Dick when we lived in Waverly. We are thinking of you at this sorrowful time. 

  7. Marlene Wellner | Feb 28, 2019

    Dick was one of my best friends in high school. I    have great memorues of all the fun we had.  He    was a great  friend.

  8. Cindy and Larry Helmers | Feb 28, 2019
     Brian, Eric and Jason we are so sorry for your loss. We have such great memories of the time spent with your Dad. Thinking of you and sending our love and prayers your way during this hard time. 
  9. Craig Jensen | Feb 28, 2019
    Or thoughts and prayers are with your family
  10. Daryl Davis | Feb 28, 2019
    I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and your family.
  11. richard miller | Feb 27, 2019


    All our love & prayers go out to you, Rich & Nell

  12. michele Smith | Feb 27, 2019

    i am so sorry for your loss. Dick was such

    a wonderful petson and will be missed.

    i had a nice visit with him last fall at

    Peppers JD get together. My prayers and 

    Thoughts are with you all!

    Blessings... michele Smith

  13. Sandy Menken Train | Feb 27, 2019
    Marlene and boys.  I am so sorry for your loss. When it's such a shock it's hard to believe. May God be with you all.  I do know what you are going thru, my Dad just passed of a stroke and it was a shock. I'm praying for your family.

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